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The latest Pebble firmware update adds emoji support

Emoji are a part of life now, in the past I’d have just replied “this makes happy” but nowadays your obliged to reply “lol :)”. But if you have a Pebble and someone sends you a message containing an emoji previously you’d be lost, wondering what that

Podcast 110 – the week we tried something a little different

Welcome to the Coolsmartphone podcast, joining me this week were Ian and Nirave. This weeks topics revolved around Phones4U going into administration, Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders selling by the millions, me being unable to decide which small phone to get next, Nirave and his iPhone pre-order experience,

Podcast 110 – Listen in live

Welcome to the live, raw, unedited and often broken version of our podcast. Joining me this week are Ian and Nirave. This weeks topics revolve around Phones4U, readers questions, the iPhone pre-order stampede and our usual chit chat about our mobile goings on. To listen live it’s

Podcast 110 – Ask us some questions

Our weekly podcast is just about getting into its stride, we’ve been at it for over two years now and we’d like to involve you guys in it a bit more. So we are going to try something we did ages ago, we want some questions from

Android One starts with India

Android One is an idea, an idea that is starting to grow into something that could be huge. The idea of a low cost Android device, with hardware hand picked by Google and the latest software, could be seen as a way for Google and Android manufacturers

The Oppo N3 starts to make an appearance

The Oppo N1 was one of the most intriguing devices of recent times, with its rotating camera, enormous display and touch sensitive back panel, many people round the world got one, thanks somewhat to the Cyanogenmod support. So it makes sense that Oppo are going to release

Podcast 109 – the iPhone 6 is finally here

Welcome to the Coolsmartphone Podcast, joining me this week were John and Matteo. This weeks topics predictably revolved around the Apple iPhone event. The big one, the little one, the watch, paying for stuff with your phone, Johnny Ive and his ludicrous videos and our usual chit

Podcast 109 – Listen in live

Good evening and welcome to another episode of the Coolsmartphone Podcast. This is the live unedited complete with awkward pauses and my ill thought out jokes. Joining me this week are John and Matteo. The topics as you’d expect are rather iPhone based this week. To listen

Hannspree move into the smartphone market

Hannspree have today announced their intention to enter the budget Android smartphone market. They already have a range of Android tablets and monitors under their belts so the move into smaller devices makes sense. Also considering that their sister company Hannstar make a range of displays as

Apple didn’t call their watch the iWatch after all

The Smartwatch has become something rather popular over the last year, every manufacturer wants to make one and every consumer has been wondering what the Apple Watch would look like. Well the wait is over they’ve gone and announced it, complete with three different styles and a

Apple announce the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

This afternoon Apple have staged an event in the US, where they showed us the latest aspirational products that people just have to own this year. Rumours have been flying around for months now surrounding the different size screens and of course the Apple SmartWatch. Now finally

What’s next for innovation?

Innovation is a much abused word these days, manufacturers toss the word around like many other clichéd words and phrases in their press releases and promotional materials, sales reps blurt it out regarding every last tiny feature whatever they are trying to sell has. Even I’m contributing

Hannspree CT23H0B Android All In One – Review

The lines between devices are becoming blurred these days, what with phones getting bigger, tablets getting smaller, laptops trying to be tablets, desktop PCs trying to still be relevant and Android and Windows 8 both trying their hardest to work well on all of those devices. I

Motorola announce the new Moto X

The Motorola Moto X and Moto G put Motorola back on the map last year, they showed the world that you didn’t need to have the latest and greatest specs or a huge great screen as both of them had screens under 5″. So when rumours starting

Google Chrome for Android gets a material update

The Material design guidelines are slowly being applied to Android apps, with Google randomly update their apps one at a time. The latest app to get the new modern layered flat look is the Chrome Browser. Once I’d updated there isn’t a huge amount that has been

Podcast 108 – if only you had one of those waterproof phones!

Welcome to the latest episode of the Coolsmartphone Podcast, this week I was joined by Dan, Johanna and John. This weeks topics revolved around our special guest Johanna Whitaker and her travels around the world, the new Sony Z3 range, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the absurd

Huawei announce the Ascend G7

Huawei make some great looking devices and this afternoon in Berlin at IFA Huawei announced a new giant phablet plus the budget 5.5″ LTE equipped Ascend G6. The pictures certainly make it look good. Spec wise it’s as follows: Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 quad-core 1.2 GHz processor.

Podcast 108 – Listen in live

  Welcome to the Coolsmartphone Podcast, episode 108. This is the live feed post, just click play on the Mixlr plugin below at about half seven tonight. Joining me this week are Dan, Garry, John and Johanna. Coolsmartphone is on Mixlr

Sony announce the Xperia E3

In amongst all of the excitement yesterday afternoon about the Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Compact tablet, there was also another device announced, the Xperia E3. A smallish device that will apparently allow you to experience a flagship experience without the price tag. Spec wise